Reckless Driving in Florida
Aug15

Reckless Driving in Florida

Reckless driving is a serious criminal offense that is punished as a misdemeanor in most situations but can result in a felony charge if the reckless driving resulted in serious bodily injury. The State of Florida defines reckless driving in §316.192 as, “Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.” Some examples of reckless driving...

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A DUI Can Really Cost You
Aug09

A DUI Can Really Cost You

DUI charges can be some of the most serious traffic offenses that a licensed driver can face in Central Florida. A DUI conviction is severe and may possibly result in an extended jail sentence, costly imposed fines, suspension of one’s driver’s license, extensive community service and driver improvement courses. According to Florida’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the average cost for a first offense DUI is $8000. While every...

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Property Forfeiture Reform – Your Rights in Florida
May20

Property Forfeiture Reform – Your Rights in Florida

Govenor Rick Scott recently approved S.B. 1044 which stipulates that Florida police will have to make an arrest and formerly charge a person with a criminal offense before attempting to seize money or property under Florida’s asset forfeiture laws. The Florida law states that property seizure can only take place if the owner of the property is arrested for a crime for which said property would be described as...

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Four Special Legal Words
May17

Four Special Legal Words

Any interaction with law enforcement can be unnerving and even down right scary, but there are four special words that will help protect your constitutional rights should you be detained or arrested. Those four special words are “I want my lawyer!” If you are being detained, law enforcement officers cannot ask you questions without first reading you your Miranda Rights. When you say, “I want my lawyer,” the...

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Choosing a Florida Criminal Defense Attorney
May02

Choosing a Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of a crime, time is of the essence. Here are a few tips you should consider as you determine the best legal counsel for your case. Experience Level – You need to determine if the attorney is familiar with the particular charge and has successfully defended similar cases. Process Familiarity  – Any lawyer who is familiar with the crime you’ve been charged with should be able to lay out a plan...

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What is Florida’s Implied Consent Law?
Apr26

What is Florida’s Implied Consent Law?

Florida’s implied consent law states that if you accept the privilege of operating a motor vehicle in the state, you have consented to submit to a blood or breath test to determine your level of intoxication. If you have been lawfully arrested and charged while you were driving or were in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, you may refuse the test, however, doing so has serious consequences...

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